SOME local governments in Davao Region declared a state of calamity and suspension of classes due to low-pressure areas (LPA).

Davao del Norte declared a state of calamit on January 24, 2023.

“Through the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) conducted an emergency meeting this afternoon, for the proposed declaration of the province to be placed under the state of calamity due to the current heavy and intermittent rains which caused flooding in several low-lying barangays of some of the local government units of the province,” the provincial government announced through its One DavNor Network.

One DavNor said two LGUs are among the affected areas in the province – Tagum City and Municipality of Asuncion – due to heavy rains.

With the declaration of a state of calamity, the LGUs will be allowed to utilize the 30 percent Quick Response Fund of the Local DRRM intended for rehabilitation and recovery efforts in the affected areas.

Meanwhile, Davao de Oro (DdO) suspended classes at all levels on January 25, 2023, for both public and private schools in the province due to the threat of flooding and landslides.

“As of now, may mga watak-watak pa rin na pag-ulan at makulimlim pa halos buong probinsya. Wala pa ring notice of lifting the class suspension (we have scattered rain and the weather condition in the province is cloudy but we don’t have any update yet when it comes to lifting the classes suspension)” Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) of DdO said in an online message to SunStar Davao on January 25.

While the PDRRMO of Davao Occidental Head Harry Camoro said there are no incidents of flooding and heavy rains in their province, he said the coasts of the province are experiencing huge waves.

As of writing, Camoro has yet to confirm if there are any related reported incidents due to the large waves. KSD